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  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens and 49ers

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens and 49ers
    Ravens 28, Patriots 13 Strategy: The Ravens' winning equation in the AFC championship was provided by fast-paced no-huddle, shotgun concepts and enough runs to keep the Patriots honest. Play-action was effective, particularly in the second half when Joe...
  • A.Q. Shipley adds to Ravens' competition at center

    A.Q. Shipley adds to Ravens' competition at center
    The Ravens on Thursday morning added another young body to the competition to replace retired center Matt Birk, trading a conditional 2014 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts for 26-year-old center A.Q. Shipley. Shipley will compete with second-year...
  • Ravens acquire center A.Q. Shipley in trade with Colts, says he's 'fired up'

    Ravens acquire center A.Q. Shipley in trade with Colts, says he's 'fired up'
    Looking to add some competition for Gino Gradkowski and more versatility along the offensive line, the Ravens agreed to send a conditional 2014 draft pick today to the Indianapolis Colts for center A.Q. Shipley, both teams announced. The trade will...
  • Ray Lewis questions Ravens' leadership following Jacoby Jones incident

    Ray Lewis questions Ravens' leadership following Jacoby Jones incident
    In the wake of Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones allegedly being struck in the head by a bottle on a party bus early Monday morning while celebrating the 34th birthday of offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, retired inside linebacker Ray Lewis questioned...
  • Ravens RB Ray Rice practices Wednesday, plans to play Sunday

    Ravens RB Ray Rice practices Wednesday, plans to play Sunday
    Ravens star running back Ray Rice practiced Wednesday on a limited basis and said he plans to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, mapping out his return after missing one game with a strained left hip flexor. Although Rice was regarded as close to...
  • Torrey Smith, Vonta Leach dismissive of Ray Lewis' criticism of Ravens' leadership

    Torrey Smith, Vonta Leach dismissive of Ray Lewis' criticism of Ravens' leadership
    Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith doesn’t see the leadership void that retired linebacker Ray Lewis said exists now that he and safety Ed Reed are no longer on the team. Now an ESPN analyst, Lewis questioned the Ravens' leadership for the second...
  • As offensive line struggles, what does the future hold for Michael Oher?

    As offensive line struggles, what does the future hold for Michael Oher?
    Jonathan Ogden stood in the hallway at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, his Afro nearly scraping the ceiling. The towering former offensive tackle fiddled with a tiny new phone in his massive hands, nonchalantly describing one of the...
  • Film study: Ravens vs. Bengals

    Film study: Ravens vs. Bengals
    Ravens 33, Giants 14Ravens 33, Giants 14 Strategy: Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell finally put his creative stamp on the offense, orchestrating season highs with 533 yards of total offense and 224 rushing yards. That included an option pitchout...
  • Ravens roughly $7.2 million under NFL salary cap

    Ravens roughly $7.2 million under NFL salary cap
    The Super Bowl champion Ravens aren't totally hamstrung by a relatively tight salary-cap situation. But there are some notable constraints on their spending. Under the rule of 51 that governs the offseason accounting for the salary cap, the Ravens are...
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss and Colts' win in Week 17

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss and Colts' win in Week 17
    Bengals 23, Ravens 17 Strategy: Believing that upgraded health in the postseason trumps building momentum, the Ravens rested injured players and key starters. And it worked as there were no serious injuries. The offense was run differently to...
  • Thousands gather at harbor to send Ravens off to Super Bowl

    Thousands gather at harbor to send Ravens off to Super Bowl
    Ray Lewis took the microphone and said one word three times: "Baltimore." Staring out at thousands of people crowding the Harborplace Amphitheater, most of them holding cell phones or cameras aloft to capture the moment, the second player ever drafted by...
  • Mixed bag for Gino Gradkowski in his first NFL start

    Mixed bag for Gino Gradkowski in his first NFL start
    Last Thursday, for the first time since the 2008 season, someone not named Matt Birk started for the Ravens at center. Gino Gradkowski, a second-year player out of small-school Delaware, made his first NFL start there. To the novice eye -- this writer...